Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Austin Fire Department issued a statement warning residents of the dangers of frying. Over the weekend, firefighters teamed up with the H-E-B Plus grocery store on Riverside Drive and held a demonstration on how to properly fry a turkey.
State Farm insurance claims data for 2005-2009 shows that frying-related accident and injury claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to other days in November. In addition, Texas had the most frying-related claims filed of all states on Thanksgiving Day from 2005 to 2009.
The fire department wants cooks to know that frying-related accidents and fires are easily preventable if you make sure your turkey is completely thawed and do not use too much oil. Most accidents occur because cooks put too much oil in the fryer and when the turkey is dropped in, oil splashes over the sides of the pot. Also, the fire department suggests keeping a fryer away from flammable objects and away from wooden buildings or structures.
If you want to better protect yourself in the case of a fire, contact the Austin fire extinguisher experts of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to learn more about fire prevention and safety.